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Covering the Newbery (#27): The Twenty-One Balloons

Most of the older Newbery-winning covers are in need of an update, but I’m not so sure about today’s candidate needs much help…

1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

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My Redo:

Cover 21 Balloons Covering the Newbery (#27): The Twenty One Balloons

Side by Side:

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Verdict: Yep, it’s pretty tough to beat the original here. The blog New Cover did a pretty bang up job of it, though. Your thoughts?

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Ed Spicer says:

    Yep, the original has your cover beat–but the cover version on New Cover is excellent. I think I like it better than the original. This is one older Newbery, however, that is NOT losing readers because of an out of date, ugly cover.

  2. Travis says:

    Right you are Ed. The New Cover version is nice, isn’t it?

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